Kinsulatha Malage Dona Pieris
February 6, 1933 - May 2, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kinsu Pieris, who passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 88.
Kinsu will be lovingly remembered by her children: Anura (Indrani), Sheyamalee (Gamini), Janitha (Dipak), Thompson (Vishaka), and Mithila (Kevin); grandchildren: Thanu (Rukshan), Thilini, Nethra, Meineka, Roshan (Brittany), Nishant, Aakash, Dilani, Dilshan, Shalini, Ceylon, and Ashka; brothers/sisters; and great-grandchildren: Liam and Zion. She was predeceased by her husband, Martin Helbling and her parents Violet and Simon.
Kinsu was a hardworking mother and grandmother and was dedicated to her family. Before coming to Canada, Kinsu worked in Sri Lanka as a head nurse in a maternity ward. She then used those skills to bring her family to Canada for a better life. She cherished moments spent together with family and friends. She was a passionate traveler and never said no to an opportunity to explore the world. As a talented seamstress, she ran a successful entrepreneurship selling hand sewn items to the local London community.
Visitation will be held at Northview Funeral Chapel, 1490 Highbury Avenue North on Friday, May 7, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a funeral service to follow. Registration is required to attend the visitation.* For those unable to attend, the family welcomes you to view the service via livestream. For information on how to register for Kinsu’s visitation, to watch the livestream of the service, or to leave online condolences, please visit click the links to the left of the obituary.
Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Kinsu are asked to consider the Kidney Foundation.
Please call 519-457-1397 if you are unable to register online for the visitation.
*As per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, attendance numbers will be restricted. Please be aware that COVID-19 protocols are in place which may preclude some from being able to attend and masks are mandatory.
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May Auntie Kinsu attain supreme bliss of Nibbana.
Deepest sympathies from Abayasekera family
Dear Thompson, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family about the demise of your loving mother. May she attain Nibbana !!! Roy, Darshani and daughters. London, Ontario
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Dear Aunty, I am shocked and deeply aggrieved to hear about your demise. Although we have not had the opportunity to associate you closely in the recent past being far apart, our fond memories of you visiting us years back and spending time providing us a lot of amusement with your jokes and lovely giggles are still very fresh in our minds as if those were very recent ones. We had been truly amazed by the strength and courage displayed by you throughout your life to win your life's battles, to bring up your children to who they are today and to build such a wonderful family network. Now, sadly, that battle is over. But you have left an indelible mark in the minds of those who were around you and a void within the family as well as the society that cannot be filled easily. I extend heartfelt condolences to your grieving family members and friends on behalf of all of my Loku Nangi Vishaka's relatives here in Sri Lanka including her Aiya Cecil and Nangi Uthpala. May you attain the supreme bliss of Nirvana.
Grandma, It was hard for me to put this down in text. How do you capture with words someone with a spirit like yours? You truly were the matriarch. You brought the entire family together, and held us tight like glue. You were an explorer, well into your golden years. You had the biggest Christmas tree, and the best cutlets. Your story was inspiring. You were the definition of strong and unwavering. You were so many great things that we can all aspire to be. I’m sad that you’re not here but I know that you’ll always be with me. “I miss you” isn’t even close. I hope I can make you proud. And one day we’ll have cutlets again. I love you. Roshan
Aunt Kinsu and Grandma Kinsu, your kindness was contagious and memory will live on forever. May you Attain Supreme Bliss of Nibbana. Nimal, Kanthi, Menaka and Shan.
Dear Kinsu auntie, You are a nice person with a Happy and Beautiful smile on your face always. You will be really missed. You have done so many good deeds, one is by allowing to have the Bhudhist temple in your basement for a long time. This good karma will light up you forever no matter where you are and you will be in a better place for sure. May you attain Supreme Bliss of Nibbhana aunty !!
Dearest Kinsu Achchi, We are deeply saddened to hear about your loss. May you attain the supreme bliss of nibbana !. Dearest Udaya mami, loku nendi and the beloved family members of Kinsu Achchi, We are sending healing prayers and comforting hugs in this time of grievance. -With heartfelt condolences, Ravini & Kalana
Mom. There were times we didn't see eye to eye. there were times we didn't agree on things. That made me respect you even more. Your integrity and courage often reminded me of my own mother. You both were small in stature. However, were a GIANT in presence. I will not miss you, because you have a place in my heart, whenever I close my eyes and think of you, you are there. However, I will miss sitting at the table having a shot of RYE with you. You're fiercely independent and wanted to stay that way, I'm glad, GOD was in your corner.
My beautiful grandma... Side by side or miles apart You always kept us so close to you... Your heart was so kind and true... You showered us lots of love and care.... I wish I could see you one more time for that big hug... I wish my kids see their great grandma one last time... I wish I could hear your laugh again... I wish, I wish and I wish. I love you so much grandma... You will be missed so much! Yours, Thanu duwa, Rukshan putha and the little ones - Liam & Zion
Grandma, I can’t believe today is the day we finally say goodbye to you. This week was so busy preparing for today that I haven’t had the chance to think about what it means that you’re gone. I won’t get to wave hello and goodbye to you when I see your little head pop up and look out the window. I felt so much pride knowing you enjoyed the food I made, and I wanted to make more food for you to enjoy. I already had a lot of recipes waiting to test. You invited me to play bingo with you on Monday. I wish we could have. I wanted you to see everything that I accomplished in my life is owed to you. Without you I wouldn’t have my family. I miss you Grandma. Meineka
Going to Miss you.Especialy our trips to the casino. From Brenda and John
Kinsu auntie, you were such a kind and happy spirit to me. Despite your age, you always had that energy to be on your own and to bring up that amazing smile on your face with a nice humor. Since the first day I met you in Canada, you have always been very kind and supportive to me. You attended almost all the events we organized in our community lightening up the dancing floor with your lovely dancing moves and I always adored to dance with you. I still remember how much you loved the soups I made for you when you were hospitalized once. It is so hard to believe that you are gone, and I will definitely miss your smile, dance and the warm hugs. I wish you the supreme bliss of Nibbana.
Goodbye Kinsu I owe you a great debt, for without you I would not have Mithila or Ceylon and Ashka in my life. They are my life. Part of you lives through them and they are a testament to the strong and proud woman you were. You will be missed everyday.
For What It’s Worth A lovely little perfect picture That has a bigger meaning than it seems It has the people I never wanted to leave Held in unbreakable walls Emotions pressed between Sitting in my living room Always waiting to be seen Through the clear and fine glass Memories are held With grandparents and grandkids Looking at it just makes my eyes swell I see a memory That I will continue to claim As my loved ones that I have lost Are standing frame Dear Grandma, I wrote this poem for my English class. We had to make a poem about something valuable in our home. I chose a picture of me, you, my other grandma, my grandpa, and my siblings; you were holding me. I’m going to miss you, you brought nothing but smiles to my face. You always pointed out how tall I’ve gotten when giving you hugs. I have all the jewelry and the knitted stuff you made. When my sister made the video for your funeral, she showed me it. I hope that one day I travel as much as you did. I promise to make you proud just like I promised my grandpa. I love you. -Shalini
Grandma, Thank you for everything. You were the one who made everything possible for us. I will forever cherish and remember our last conversation together. I am SO grateful I was able to see you one last time, on that day. My thaththi got so many wonderful qualities from you... especially those of your strength, perseverance, and hard work. I can only hope that I will have those qualities in myself as well one day. I love you so much grandma. You will always be with me in my heart! Love, Dilani
Dear Grandma, Honestly, no amount of words I write here will do justice how much of a wonderful person you were to know. Whenever I saw you, your positive energy was infectious for the room. You always seemed to know how to carry that energy from conversation to conversation. The one-on-one talks I've had with you also display not only your affection for others, but also you wisdom of what needs to be said. Your demeanor and delivery of your knowledge was a thing to behold. And I'd like to think that some of that knowledge was passed on to everyone you came into contact with. They say that no one is truly gone until they are completely forgotten - I think I speak for more than just myself, but I don't plan on forgetting you for the rest of my life on this earth.
My deepest sympathies to the family. May Kinsulatha matha attain Nirvana! Cyril Weeratunge
My dear mother, I am going to miss you so much. We have been through so much together and always stood by each other. I had so much fun with you. You always called me and comforted me. You are my hero. All this time I looked up to you. You put us together and made us strong and independent. I am sorry I asked you to go to sleep that day. It was your tea time but I asked you to go back to sleep. I am going to miss you so much. I will miss our bus trips and lunches. I am going to miss all of that, so much more, but you most of all. You will be me in my heart all the time. Don’t worry I will look after the other four rascals. Sheyamalee
God saw you getting tired And a cure was not be. So he put his arms around you And whispered "come to me". A golden heart stopped beating hard... Working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove us, He only takes the best... ~We miss you grandma, rest in peace ~ Thilini Duwa
Dear Grandma, I will forever cherish the memories of the time spent with you, I still remember many years ago being excited to visit you at the market and look at all of your knit clothing. I still have the jewelry you let Ashka and I keep. All my love, Ceylon
Dear Grandma, Some of my favourite memories growing up were spending time at your house. The whole family gathered around you. Your smile and laughter always filled the room. You had so much love to give the family. Despite knowing this, I was scared to tell you about my truth. Scared that you would not understand or love me as your grandchild, but I was wrong. You knew my full truth and supported my decision to live my life authentically. You loved me for who I am and I will always be grateful for that. Thank you, Grandma. I love you and will miss you dearly. -Subi
You were a great and generous mom. You looked after us. You made us really nice food and always invited us over to enjoy it with you. You always called me whenever you needed us. I wish I had another chance to speak with you. I will never forget what you did for all of us for the rest of my life. Gamini
Dear Grandma, I've heard a lot about how you were a hardworking nurse in Sri Lanka, single-handedly raising five children to be successful individuals with families of their own. Your strength and resilience got you through so much, and were not lost on anyone who knew you. However, what I will remember most about you is how your positive energy and fun-loving spirit were palpable wherever you were, and how you always managed to fill the room with your big smile and contagious laughter. When I visited you for the first time since I moved away from London, you told me that you kept my race car posters up in my old room so that part of me will still be there. Similarly, I cannot say that you are gone because I see all of these qualities so clearly in your children—part of you will always live on through them. -Dilshan Putha
My Loving Ammi, From the day I was born, you kept me in your arms and brought me up. I still remember you always liked to keep me around you. I was the one to see you for the last time. I did not want to wake you up because you were sound asleep, I wanted you to get the sleep you missed. I didn’t think you left us forever otherwise I wouldn’t have left your sight. If I knew, I would be there holding your hand, just like you held mine. I would be there to give you a hug, just one last time. My heart is very heavy, Ammi. I have so much to say, I will tell them day by day. The pain of losing you will never go away. I will try to be strong because I am your son. All I have are the memories; I will cherish them for my life. My Ammi, may you attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana. Your loving Son, Thompson
Goodbye Grandma. You will always have a deep spot in my heart, and you will never be forgotten from our hearts. I love you to the moon and back.
Dear Ammi, My heart won’t believe that you are really gone. The emptiness hurts so much. We talked almost everyday, about many things. You treated me as one of your own daughters. I feel the same way. I cannot say good bye because you will always be in my heart. I love you Ammi! May you attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana! Vishaka
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